What’s going on around Renton? | Nov. 30 edition

Dec. 1

Renton Winter Lights Opening Night at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park: Kick off the most wonderful time of the year with beautiful lights on the water. 6 p.m. will have the arrival of Santa and lighting, photos with Santa will be from 6:15-8:15 p.m., a Singalong at North Shelter in the park will be from 7:15-8 p.m., the “Parade of Boats” from the Rainier Yacht Club will be from 7:30-8 p.m. and the arrival of the Argosy Christmas Ship will be from 8:10-8:30 p.m. Gene Coulon Park is located at 1201 Lake Washington Boulevard North and the lights will run 4-9 p.m. daily from Dec. 2 to Jan. 1.

Dec. 3

K9 Candy Cane 5K Fun Run and Walk at Renton Community Center: A fun and festive way to enjoy the crisp winter air with your favorite canine, this 5K fun run and walk will begin at 9:15 a.m. As part of the event, runners and walkers are encouraged to donate to the pet food drive (let’s fill the truck!). Register for the fun run at rentonwa.gov/k9register.

Dec. 6

Free Museum Day at the Renton History Museum: Enjoy the wonders of the past with free admission to the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free museum days are every first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month.

Dec. 8

Battle of the Badges at the Renton Community Center: From 5:30 – 8 p.m., cruise through this free drive-through holiday light display and vote for your favorite from different public safety personnel departments throughout the region. Battle of the Badges will also accept non-perishable food items to help support local food banks. Located at 1715 Maple Valley Highway.

Dec. 10

Renton City Concert Band Winter Concert at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center: Join the Renton City Concert Band and conductor Michael Simpson during their seasonal winter concert from 2 – 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors 50+, $13 for adults. Purchase tickets at Renton Community Center, Don Persson Renton Senior Activity Center, or at the door on the day of the performance. For more information, visit rentonwa.gov/events or call 425-430-6700.

Dec. 12

The Renton American Legion Fred Hancock Post 19: This organization meets the second Tuesday of every month, except July and August, at 7 p.m. at the Post Hall (3224 NE 12th St.) in the Renton Highlands under the water tower. All veterans are welcome. Most vets are eligible for membership. America’s premier patriotic veterans’ organization and the prime driver of the original G. I. Bill, the Legion focuses on service to veterans, has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for the community, children and youth. Come join area vets.

Dec. 16

Free Museum Day at the Renton History Museum: Enjoy the wonders of the past with free admission to the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free museum days are every first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month.

Dec. 18

Aunt Dottie’s Christmastime Cabaret at Renton Civic Theatre: It’s the most wonderful sing-along cabaret of the year! Bring the whole family to celebrate the season with music, mayhem and merriment featuring Aunt Dottie, Nephew Aaron and ex-husband Quinton! Showtime is at 7 p.m. , tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at rentoncivictheatre.org or at the door.

Dec. 2 & 9

Variety Plus presents Puss in Boots Family Musical at Carco Theatre: For both Saturdays, there will be a 4 p.m. and a 7 p.m. performance of this all-ages production, featuring Seattle area youth and adults. Written and directed by Bob Gribas and Original Music and Choreography by Angela Rinaldi-Gribas. General admission is $18 and can be purchased at varietyplus.org/puss-in-boots-tickets.

Saturdays, Dec. 2, 9 & 16

Renton Downtown Partnership Santa House at Renton Civic Theatre: Come get your free pictures with Santa Claus (kids, families and pets are welcome) from 1 – 4 p.m. beginning Dec. 2. The Renton Civic Theatre is located at 507 South 3rd Street. For more information, visit rentondowntown.com/happenings/santahouse/.

Dec. 8 – 10, 14 – 17 & 21 – 23

The Full Monty at Renton Civic Theatre: This PG-13 production by Terrence McNally and David Yazbek and directed by Samuel Pettit, follows a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo who decide to put on a male strip show after spying on their wives at a “Girls’ Night Out. For full calendar schedule and ticket purchase, visit rentoncivictheatre.org.

Saturdays, Dec. 2-30

Renton Parkrun at Cedar River Trail: This weekly 5K community event takes place every Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Cedar River Trail trailhead by the I-405 overpass. This free event does require registration but is meant to be a fun event where walkers, joggers, runners, volunteers and spectators can come together. For more information, visit parkruns.us/renton/ and the exact coordinates of the event are 47.4802N, -122.199W.

Have a Renton-related event coming up? Email bailey.jo.josie@rentonreporter.com to submit a public event to be included in our weekly events calendar.